There is no doubt that women’s coworking spaces are on the rise.
When coworking spaces started popping up everywhere a decade ago, everyone was excited about the new way of working.
Boring, stuffy, and uninspiring offices and cubicles were no longer requirements to do important work. Companies and entrepreneurs could now save money with flexible spaces without compromising on amenities, and you’d get to meet all sorts of talented folks—some of whom you might end up collaborating with.
But then something happened.
Coworking quickly evolved to “broworking”. It seemed like every coworking space could be described the same way: free beer, loud music, and the ‘audibly inconsiderate’ set everywhere you looked.
Does coworking really have to be that way? Definitely not.
Women’s coworking spaces, like HAYVN, promise to deliver a new era of collaboration centered on the professional experiences women need. These bespoke workplaces are the answer to the problem many entrepreneurial, independent, and remote-working women face: a place where they can work, comfortably and productively, that’s not a kitchen table or a coffee shop.
Women who work alone can feel isolated; studies show that remote work can make us depressed, increasing our health risks. This is a big deal, since a recent survey found that 28% of women say that mental health struggles have prevented them from doing great work.
But female workers also have unique women-centered needs—like enjoying the camaraderie of female colleagues and working in a space that honors how women think and function.
Women also need a place where they can gain support for life challenges that make work harder—like parenting skills, taking care of aging parents, managing finances, and learning how to relaunch a career that’s been dormant for a few years.
This is where women-centered coworking spaces come into the equation.
These female-focused coworking spaces allow women to find their own place—which beats wedging themselves into traditional, male-centric places that make them feel uncomfortable.
For many female entrepreneurs and business owners, the beer-on-tap-foosball model is simply not an ideal work environment.
So, are women-centered spaces really just about women? Some are.
However, women-only coworking spaces—even those that focus on empowering women and offering scholarships to girls—have earned some criticism in recent years.
For example, in 2018, the New York Times reported a women-only coworking company was under investigation by the New York City Commission on Human Rights for potential discriminatory business practices.
A better way forward was needed.
Other types of women’s coworking spaces are emerging—spaces that were built specifically to meet women’s needs but are open to everyone.
Like HAYVN, our brand-new coworking space in Darien, Connecticut. We’re proud to offer the talented and hard-working women of Fairfield County a special, inclusive workspace of their own.
Choosing a coworking space can be a difficult decision.
To make your choice easier, here are five reasons you should give HAYVN a try to see if it’s right for you.
Warm welcomes matter You’ll spend a lot of time at your coworking space. It’s sort of your office, after all. So it’s important to walk into a space and feel welcomed. The perfect coworking spot should feel familiar—with a touch of spa even.
Community managers play an important role in your coworking experience. Their hospitality skills create a welcoming atmosphere for everyone entering the space.
Whether it’s your first day or your first event, your community manager can help you connect to the internet, unjam the printer, and offer your conference guests more coffee.
A like-minded community awaits you
Feed off the energy of a community of like-minded, hard-working women. Create amazing things, support your peers, and get things done. Ditch text messages for real-life water-cooler conversations.
HAYVN offers all kinds of workplace amenities—everything from a fitness center to an isolated podcast room. We also have comfortable conference rooms with all the bells and whistles you need to wow partners and clients—like flat-screen HD TVs, conference call phones, and a top-notch sound system.
We also plan to host all sorts of events. Meeting new people and learning new things has never been easier.
Self-care takes center stage
When you work from home, you can develop some bad habits. Not everyone is cut out for working in isolation, and that’s perfectly fine.
When you join a coworking space, you get the self-care you need to reach your full potential as an entrepreneur.
At HAYVN, self-care is a top priority.
Our community managers make you feel right at home, you’ll never miss the human connection, and you can grab coffee, tea, or snacks whenever you feel the urge.
We’re conveniently located
Fairfield County and surrounding areas are home to an endless amount of talented, educated women who are building businesses to improve all of our lives.
HAYVN is ideally situated to bring these women together.
Conveniently located right off Exit 13 on 95 on the Post Road, our coworking space is super easy to get to from any location. We offer free parking and have a big lot, so it won’t take forever to find a spot.
Keep in mind we’re also a quick train trip and an Uber ride away from Grand Central, so your clients and colleagues in the city can easily stop by to say hello.
Men are welcome here, too!
Here’s our take: Members can bring their male clients, coworkers and main men to HAYVN to do great work.
We’re all about welcoming everyone who shares our values into our sanctuary.
We’re excited to bring a for-women, by-women coworking space to Fairfield County, and we look forward to getting to know all of you—and growing our business alongside each of yours.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to shoot us an email or give us a call at 833.429.8659.
Better yet, schedule a tour of our beautiful space today.
Here’s to happy and productive coworking—the way you want it!